Jun. 13, 2022

Florida yellow flax, Linum floridanum

Flax flowers all present as delicate bits on long thin stems. They just don't look very tough for a genus best known for giving us strong fiber. They come in red, white, and blue, and of course yellow. The red, white and blues include six of our species, four blue and one each of the others. The yellow section includes thirty more, and they are a delightful puzzle to identify. Don't try to do it without specimens, or you may wind up presenting an image of Florida yellow flax and wonder if you really know what you're talking about. Any way Florida flax is native in AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Wakulla Co FL, 7/8/18. Flax family, Linaceae.